• Resident AAFP Leaders

    Elected and Appointed Positions

    Residents make significant contributions to family medicine as members of the wide variety of boards, commissions, and inter-organizational teams that shape the AAFP. Experience in a leadership role provides valuable career insight and unique mentorship opportunities. 

    Most resident leadership positions serve for a one-year term, many beginning in the fall.

    As medical care and health care reform undergo pivotal changes, the voice of family medicine's next generation of physicians is critical in shaping a future that aligns with the core principles of primary care. Learn what drew current leaders to their roles and find out what they hope to achieve through their skills and passion for family medicine.


    Elected National AAFP Leaders

    Anna Askari, MD, MSBS
    Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 AAFP Board of Directors Resident Member

    In her role, Dr. Askari brings a student perspective to high-level decision-making discussions of the AAFP Board of Directors. 

    "I have been blessed to have the opportunity to grow as a leader and advocate since I began as a medical student member of the AAFP. I am honored to be serving on the AAFP Board of Directors this year respecting my co-resident members of the organization and surrounded by so many inspiring mentors of mine. I believe it will be critical for a resident voice to help guide the direction that AAFP will take in health policy and advocacy in our country, and I’m honored to have that responsibility and privilege to represent this year." 

    Allen Rodriguez, MD
    Scripps Chula Vista Family Medicine Residency
    2021 Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    In his role, Dr. Rodriguez represents resident member interestes at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

    "I am excited to represent the resident perspective to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, where I will support policies that advocate for equity, justice, and improved health outcomes for our patients, and improved quality of life for family physicians and our trainees. I am very humbled to work alongside such passionate students and residents, and to stand on the shoulders of the many great women and men of medicine who came before us. Thank you for electing me as your resident delegate."

    Ben Meyerink

    Michael Keller, MD, MPH
    Memorial Health Family Medicine Residency Program
    2021 R
    esident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    In his role, Dr. Keller represents resident member interestes at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

    "As a delegate to the Congress, I hope to provide the resident voice to pressing. I hope to fight for continued improvements to resident lives - including flexible work hours, maternity and paternity leave and adequate compensation. I hope work with AAFP leadership to develop a reliable outlet for residents to bring their concerns to their representation so that we can better represent them."

    Matt Peters

    Amanda Stisher, MD
    University of Alabama Medical Center - Huntsville Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Chair of National Conference

    In her role, Dr. Stisher provides input into planning the theme, programming and special activities for the upcoming National Conference.

    "Attending my first National Conference helped me solidify my choice to pursue a career in family medicine. It is what helped shape my love for family medicine and through this role, I hope to help many medical students to fall in love with family medicine just like I have and residents rekindle their passion. I look forward to leading resident congress sessions and advocating to help make our health care system better for our patients and physicians."


    AAFP Commissions

    Jonathan Staloff, MD, MSc
    University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Commission on Quality and Practice

    This leadership role includes the study of health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. 

    "I am so humbled to have the opportunity to join the Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP) and learn from truly extraordinary leaders in family medicine. I firmly believe that how we pay for healthcare needs to be fundamentally reshaped, moving away from traditional fee-for-service medicine and toward a system that emphasizes a strong primary care and population health infrastructure. The question that remains is how we get there. It's my hope that in my tenure on CQP I can gain mentors who can help me grow as a physician advocate. With their guidance, I hope to contribute to discussions considering how we can design payment reforms to advance health equity and overall population health while preserving family physician wellness in all practice settings."

    Devesh Vashishtha

    Isaiah A. Cochran, MD
    Halifax Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Commission on Federal and State Policy

    As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Federal and State Policy, the resident leader is involved in guiding the Academy's advocacy efforts before the federal government and to assist the constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments. 

    "I look forward to serving as the resident member of the Commission on Federal and State Policy. I am a passionate advocate for policies that strengthen the health of communities, particularly those that are most underserved, as well as efforts to improve healthcare access and quality. I am also excited to support initiatives to engage more medical students and residents in advocacy." 

    Reshma Ramachandran

    Elana Curry, MD
    University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    Dr. Curry's role includes contributing to a wide scope of issues, such as health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, and disparities and the underserved populations.

    "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the resident voice on the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science. In this role, I hope to collaborate with others to create meaningful evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, improve public health, and advance health equity in our country."

    Christen Johnson

    Katherine "Kate" Schreck, MD
    Duke Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Dr. Schreck's role includes projects in areas such as recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Special Constituencies planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. 

    "I hope to bring resident perspectives to the commission, particularly around recruitment into family medicine and support during training and beyond. I also look forward to thinking about leadership development and how to foster a strong, diverse group leaders for the future."

    Kelly Thibert

    Eric Sullivan, MD
    McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Erie Humbolt Park Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    Dr. Sullivan's role includes the study of health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. 

    "As the resident representative on the Commission on Continuing Professional Development, I hope to provide insights from the resident perspective on developing and maintaining medical expertise. In particular, I hope to offer suggestions around new ways to utilize technology to improve the quality and efficiency of CME, as well as ways to foster achievable self-improvement strategies among trainees. Finally, I hope to take advantage of the shared knowledge of my fellow Commission members as I near my transition out of training and into independent practice."

    Jaya Kasaraneni

    Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

    Derek Baughman, MD
    Wellspan Family Medicine Residency Program at Good Samaritan Hospital
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section

    Dr. Baughman represents AAFP resident interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

    "I hope to gain a greater sense of what representing family medicine interest at large means, the practicality of policy development in a multi-specialty national organization, and the power of uniting on patient and physician centered goals to move medicine forward. I’m also looking forward to seeing the application of AAFP work within the AMA and gain a greater sense of how these efforts affect patients and influence federal health policy."

    Kaci Larsen

    Emma York, DO
    Eastern Virginia Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section

    Dr. York represents AAFP resident interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

    "I hope to represent residents across the country at national meetings and support legislation that promotes great training. I also hope this experience helps me to grow as a leader and active member of the medical society as a whole."

    Tyson Schwab, MD, MS
    Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency
    2020-2021 Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association

    Dr. Schwab serves as an important communications, policy and membership link between the AMA and grassroots physicians. AMA delegates are a key source of information on activities, programs and policies of the AMA. They are expected to foster positive and useful two-way relationship between grassroots physicians and the AMA leadership.

    "I work to represent the AAFP membership and residents/student perspectives at the AMA House of Delegates. I hope to bring awareness and passion for primary care advocacy. I hope to enable others to create effective solutions for our current and future challenges in healthcare."

    Sara Martin, MD, MSc
    Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program
    2018-2021 ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine Resident Member

    This leadership role is involved with residency education and accreditation at a national level, and gets mentoring opportunities with national leaders in family medicine residency education.                             

    "I am excited to be able to provide the resident voice to the review committee. My past experience as a teacher helps me to understand the challenges that programs face as I work to advocate for learners in a meaningful way."

    Sara Martin

    Christina Pedro, MD, MBA
    Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Indiana
    2020-2021 AAFP Foundation Resident Board Member

    In her role, Dr. Pedro is involved with high-level decision making on a nonprofit board of trustees. 

    "I look forward to strategizing with the Board of Trustees on advancing the AAFP mission and accomplishing goals. I'm excited to be the resident voice on the humanitarian and educational values that the board invests in and am humbled by the opportunity to promote and attract medical students to a rewarding career in family medicine."

    Kristina Laguerre

    Michael P. Flynn, MD
    UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

    In this role, Dr. Flynn provides a resident perspective to program directors on environmental issues impacting residents and their education

    "As the AFMRD's resident representative, I hope to gain valuable insight into the residency director role and the issues facing both individual family medicine residencies and residencies as a whole across the country. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative process aimed at improving residency leadership and training along with learning valuable skills that will make me an effective leader (and potential residency director) in the future."

    Katherine Hart

    D. Tyler King, DO, MEd 
    Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research, Laredo Medical Center
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the FamMedPAC Board

    The FamMedPAC helps elect candidates to the U.S. Congress who support the AAFP’s legislative goals and objectives.

    "In the role of FamMedPAC Resident Representative, I hope to learn more about the AAFP’s legislative priorities while also learning how a Political Action Committee works in practice. Additionally, I look forward to getting to know other AAFP student and resident leaders across the nation and developing a community with them."


    AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

    Steffano Mottl, MD
    Yuma Regional Medical Center Family & community Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2021 Resident Representative to the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives

    Dr. Mottl helps plan the AAFP Global Health Summit, takes the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference, and participates in Polaris-related activities

    "In my position as a Resident representative, I intend to bring awareness to physicians across the nation about the growing number of opportunities in learning and practicing Global medicine. My objective is to encourage training physicians to entertain academic endeavors overseas, during Residency, as a refreshing professional alternative for those who seek to enrich their lives.  Similarly, I look forward to making of the Global Health annual conference a unique experience for young physicians around the world, by illustrating the multiple paths and tracks that Global Medicine has to offer." 

    Lauren Bull

    Katy Rooney, MD
    Rush Medical College
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    Dr. Rooney participates in activities including helping to develop and maintain the journal's social media presence to writing Annals Journal Club questions and more.

    "As the resident representative to the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board, I look forward to learning more about the operations of a peer-reviewed clinical research journal. Last year, I gained experience with creating journal club articles for the Annals. This year, I hope to gain hands-on experience with editing and serve as a peer reviewer for the Annals. I also hope to encourage other students and residents to become involved with the Annals and incorporate research into their careers."

    Katy Rooney

    Haley Coleman, MD
    Summa Health Akron Family Medicine Residency
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Group

    Dr. Coleman serves as part of a national research network dedicated to conducting, supporting, promoting, and advocating for primary care research in practice-based settings.

    "This year I hope to increase my understanding of primary care research and advocate for increased funding for these endeavors. I aim to increase the students, residents, and fellows awareness of primary care research. Integrating primary care research early on in medical training should foster the development of a robust primary care research workforce. I hope we can find novel ways to build avenues to make this possible."

    Yeri Park, MD
    Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

    In this role, Dr. Park helps define the role of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in resident education.

    "As the Resident Representative to the STFM Board of Directors, I hope to bring residents’ perspective, concerns and ideas to the Board, so that we can be an integral part in making decision in family medicine education. This is one of the best times to be involved with the Board, as we will be shaping what family medicine residency education will look like in the decades to come! Additionally, we are in critical need for more family medicine physicians and passionate FM educators to reach all medical students and residents, and I hope to help residents consider careers in academic family medicine." 

    Alexandra Gits

    Kento Sonoda, MD, AAHIVS
    University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020-2021 Resident Representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

    In this role, Dr. Sonoda helps improve the AFP journal by providing input and feedback, contributing to social media planning, and taking part in regular editorial meetings. 

    "I believe AFP Journal plays a critical role not only in helping family physicians keep medical knowledge up to date but in offering space to share our thoughts on new areas where there is only little evidence available in practice. I hope to represent residents’ collective view on important topics pertinent to medical education, residency training, wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion." 

    Alexandra Gits